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A.R. Kane were a 1980s and 1990s British indie band. They were primarily the A - Alex Ayuli and the R - Rudi Tambala from the East of London but were also joined by Russell Smith, bass ( also of Terminal Cheesecake, and Skullflower) and various drummers along the way.

After 2 singles on different labels and a surprise number one hit as part of M/A/R/R/S’s “Pump Up the Volume”, they made two ground-breaking albums that placed them precariously in the indie scene - however they preferred the term “dream pop”. These albums were 69 in 1988 and i in 1989.

Hard to place in terms of genre, 69 was more consciously indie, though that’s not saying much, seen by some as part of a continuum that included jimi hendrix’ more spaced-out offerings, miles davis and others - musically it asked questions and opened doors that have still to be explored. ‘i’ was a dramatic change, clearly slicker and smoother, and covering a wide variety of styles over twenty-six tracks (ten of which were short noise interludes). “i” also spawned A.R. Kane’s best-known song in “A Love From Outer Space”. Both albums achieved wide critical acclaim.

Follow up album New Clear Child (1994), was not received as well, the reasons being a believed lack of coherent direction and a feeling that the ideas were merely (admittedly excellent) re hashes of works that were completed more succinctly in the earlier 2 albums.

Rudy Tambala made ambient and dub influenced music under the name Sufi. Neither is currently involved in the music industry to any great extent. Post-A.R. Kane, Alex Ayuli was (possibly still is) a museum curator in the U.

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  • Cylob

    Another 100 Great Shoegaze Albums. Compiling now!

    28 Jul 6:51pm Reply
  • Zioluza

    Living the dreamy life

    30 Jun 12:39am Reply
  • Lajon_

    the song title is haunting or so far away? just curious

    28 May 11:46am Reply
  • jakobdorof

    @eyearesmiles yeah but "haunting" is shoegaze mane

    3 May 9:34pm Reply
  • StDionysus

    I've come to realize that they have some real gems but said gems are more obscure than the band itself. None of the really good stuff is off the albums.

    10 Mar 3:48pm Reply
  • spacemangraig

    vraiment.

    8 Jan 6:29pm Reply
  • rOOm-on-fire

    Contre toute attente, New Clear Child est devenu mon album préféré d'eux. L'ambiance "aquatique" et tout...

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • eyesaresmiles

    I don't see them as much to do with JAMC or shoegaze. They're much more out there than that. Yes there was When you're sad, and they used feedback. But the only shoegaze band that even vaguely reminded me of them was Moose and even then only on their second EP. The shoegazers were waaaay more trad and conventional in their sound and song structure. Dunno what the rest of you think but I'd rather put them next to the woozy pop of someone like Laika, and even then.. A R Kane sit all on their own.

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    "haunting" is one of the greatest songs of all time. definitely the best dreampop/shoegaze/whatever song...

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • blackswano

    Damn such a wonderful act, the real hidden bridge between The Jesus and Mary Chain and more canonical shoegaze. Plus, the "Lollita" EP is one of the most touching sequences ever.

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • NarooN

    Well they arguably created dreampop (or coined the name of it), and their music inspired later shoegaze artists... But I wouldn't label them as a sg band, no.

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • shotiko

    worst thing to be labeled as shoegaze, indie

    5 May 2013 Reply
  • spacemangraig

    singles collection is ridiculously good! it's the only CD I know that combines noise pop with dub and disco, and still makes sense.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • NarooN

    Obscure? Somewhat. They were pretty well-known in their heyday, and have a devoted following nowadays.

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    "haunting" is one of those immediate "this is one of the best songs ever" feels

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • jakobdorof

    are they really as obscure as they seem? this singles collection is blowing my mind

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • carl2020

    Lead singers voice kind of sounds like Sting on the album "69", the first few tracks especially like "Suicide Kiss" around 2:20 mark and crazyblue sounds a lot like sting (vocals) wonder if he was slightly inspired by their sound.

    16 Dec 2012 Reply
  • mindgarden

    I have uploaded two excellent pics here: http://www.last.fm/music/A.R.+Kane/+images/84642849 http://www.last.fm/music/A.R.+Kane/+images/84642859 ....Vote them up if you will be so kind, fine people.

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • menyauthe

    Was just listening to the Singles Comp, and had one of those humbling moments when I got to the Up Home! portion where I had forgotten how beautiful music can be and was totally floored with amazement. That's why I love this band.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • menyauthe

    And another from FACT. This one's pretty good.

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
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